Twitch Bans Major Gaming Sites After Streamers Threaten To Strike

Twitch Bans Major Gaming Sites After Streamers Threaten To Strike

A Twitch logo is in the middle of a bunch of gambling images like the number 7, chips and playing cards with aces on them.

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It’s been a rough 24 hours for people broadcasting in purple. After a scandal broke out a Twitch streamer defrauded viewers and peers alike out of an alleged $200,000 to fund a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive addiction, leading figures began to pressure the live streaming company to do something about the larger, underlying problem. Gambling, many have been arguing for some time, became a scourge on the platform as a number of wealthy creators promoted potentially harmful content to young and impressionable fans. While Twitch seemed to let it happen for a long time, the Amazon-owned platform today announced a massive change to gaming streams which will have big ramifications for creators and viewers alike.

According to a new update posted on social media, Twitch will no longer allow “streaming of gambling sites that include slot, roulette, or craps games that are not licensed in the US or other jurisdictions that provide sufficient protection for consumers”. The list currently includes Stake.com, Rollbit.com, Duelbits.com and Roobet.com, though Twitch says it may expand as the company continues to assess the situation. Twitch will continue to allow sports betting, fantasy sports and poker, however. These appear to be the high-level changes that will go into effect starting October 18th, and Twitch is set to share more details soon.

While we don’t have all the information regarding gaming on the platform yet, it’s likely that Twitch will share these key details sooner due to all the hype that was sparked in late September. Earlier this week, streamers like Pokimane suggested they would team up with some of the other popular personalities on the platform and strike during a high-volume period like Christmas, unless Twitch issued a statement with regarding the crisis or decreed new gambling rules.

While the new rules don’t outright ban gambling, they do target some of the biggest websites that either favor streamers or sponsor well-known streamers. And the ramifications will be huge: not only is gaming one of the most popular content categories, with the biggest faces on the platform like xQc participating, some creators like Tyler Faraz “Trainwreck” Niknam have said they’re winning up to a million. a month from the gambling companies they stream.

That’s without taking into account how much could be earned from viewers playing while sharing the referral codes that streamers throw in (something I can’t do anymore) or any other sponsorships that a Twitch streamer -could receive by more conventional means on the platform. While these streamers have emphasized in the past that they told viewers not to bet themselves, it was clear that business was booming.

In its announcement, Twitch reminded people that it already had some gambling rules in place, but that “some people are circumventing those rules and exposing our community to potential harm.”

While the new rules are not yet alive, pthe people who drove this change are celebrating. After all, there was a lot of skepticism about whether or not Twitch would do anything more about gaming, with express some very visible creators like Hasan Abi that the activity simply generated too much revenue for the platform to ban it outright.

“I did it, everyone,” Pokimane, who came over 300,000 people voice their support against gambling streams in one day, he posted on Twitter. “Public pressure, tweets, raising awareness, it all counts.”

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